Scenic Rim Enduro Series: Kooralbyn Race Report

Round 2 of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series went off on the weekend with relatively cool and sunny conditions at Kooralbyn Valley Mtb Park. The growing trail network played host to the second round of the series for the second year in a row and it was certainly another great event. The dust and heat made for some interesting times on the trails, a more flat and pedally course made it a race that was won in the legs and the lungs on the day.

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John Dollison pushing the edge of traction

Kooralbyn MTB Park has moved ahead leaps and bounds over the last few years with plenty of new trails, features and no shortage of events heading to the park in a variety of disciplines. It’s been great to see the progress that has been made out there with multiple new trails, features, a skills park and even the super steep ‘Mandalorian’ trail. With sponsors like ‘Yakima’ coming on board and supporting the park, there is no doubt we will see it grow over the near future again. Round 2 of the three round Scenic Rim Series went off without a hitch and it was another great day on the bike at Kooralbyn.

Michelle Gane on her way to third in Elite Women

All in all there were five stages to be completed for the day with each stage able to be completed as many times as you liked within the four hour time frame. Stage 1 started on ‘Ironman’ before dropping into ‘Hitching Rail’, ‘Dog Leg’ and then finishing off on ‘O.K Corral’ and ‘Mavericks’. Stage 2 was ‘No Name’ into the bottom of ‘Black Snake Downhill’, a narrow off-camber trails with plenty of fun to be had. Stage 3 was ‘Nemesis’ into ‘Scarecrow’ then a flat out pedal finish on ‘Attack Rooster’, Stage 4 was ‘Copperhead’ into ‘Attack Rooster Link’ a trail that proved to be a super pedal-orientated stage with no shortage of lung burning pinches. The last stage of the day stage 5 was ‘Blacksmith’ into ‘Hitching Rail’.

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Rory McKenzie the fastest of the day

The Business end of the day saw Rory McKenzie take out the top step in the Elite Men’s field over Jacob Barton and Alex Shadbolt. The Elite Women’s category was won by Laura Craft with Rebecca Poole picking up 2nd place over Michelle Gane. Liam Buchanan won the Expert Mens race, Elisabeth Fairley won the 17+ Women’s category, with Adam Aitken winning Veteren’s Men and Elton Golds taking out the Masters Mens (40-49). The U19 Men’s was won by Vincent Iquin, U17 Men’s by Harrison Rogers, U15 Xavier Tromp took the top step and U13 Men’s saw Max Ketterer take the win.

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Round 2 of the Scenic Rim series was another great event out at Kooralbyn, with perfect weather conditions and no shortage of dust. The Scenic Rim Series is certainly a good series to get into racing and test your metal between the tape. The courses are less technical than the Queensland Enduro Series and a relaxed racing environment makes for a great day on the bike. The next round is set to take place on 1 November out at Mt Joyce, being the first race back at Joyce for 3 years. It is set to be a 4 stage event with each stage being able to be completed as many times as you like, details are still being finalised and we will bring you the news when we have it. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the trails…..

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